Nov 28, 2009, 11:39 AM
Post #4 of 5
It's heartening to read of your care and concern for you koi. Whilst many koi keepers will say you need a certain volume of water for X number of koi, I think it is more appropriate to look at the actual condition of your koi. Even if you have 10tons per fish but they are unhealthy, what's the point? According to your accounts, it seems your koi are relatively healthy. There is no doubt that the lack of room will somewhat limit their potential either indirectly or directly. However, I think that your genuine concern for their well-being has somewhat balanced the equation. You probably provide the best possible care you can, and it has shown in the size you have grown your koi even with the limited space.
Re: [sweetyness] Is my pond too small for my 24" koi?
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Whilst many would argue otherwise, I do not believe koi have real complex mental capacity. They, like many other animals, act according to instinct and react to stimuli. I think the real thing to look at is stress levels. If a koi is in an unhealthy environment, it would be stressed. Prolonged exposure to stress would inevitably lead to ill health and it would show easily. Stressed animals also don't grow well. Again, going by your accounts, your koi doesn't sound very stressed. Maybe, because you religiously provide a good environment, they have adapted and got 'comfortable'. So as far as mentality goes, you may say they are 'happy'.
Theoretically, your koi might be 'happier' in a bigger pond. But then again, there are plenty of anecdotes telling of koi being moved into supposedly 'better' conditions and suffering from it. So far, it seems Freckles is in good hands. Might be good to look around for a larger livestock tank eventually though.
My 2 cents. Cheers.